Purple Dome New England Aster
Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'
|Description||Mounds of royal purple cover big bushy plants that bloom well into frost-free autumn weather. Easy-care addition to shrub and perennial borders or in roomy pots. Combine with other asters for a multicolored effect. An excellent addition to a cutting garden. An herbaceous perennial.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moist, but not soggy.|
|Blooms||Late Summer to Early Fall|
|Mature Size||Quickly reaches 1 1/2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Poolside|
|Design Ideas||Valuable late season bloomer for the traditional perennial border. Equally well suited to casual country gardens along picket fences and mixed with spring blooming companions. A native hybrid that belongs in meadow gardens as a nectar source. Use around edges of prairie or above a wetland in an open sunny woodland. Ruggedly adaptable to rock gardens and dry stream beds. Mass like groundcover for a much larger semiformal color mass.|
|Companion Plants||Blanket Flower (Gaillardia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blue Fescue (Festuca)|
|Care||Thrives in moist, fertile, slightly acidic, well-drained soils but highly adaptable. Prefers cool summer climates. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. For a neat, tidy appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.|
|Lore||In Britain the aster is known as Michaelmas daisy because it is in bloom during the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, September 29th.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8
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